God moves in seasons.
I’m not sure, but I think sometimes that farmers must understand God better than us city kids.
My friend Praveena and I went out for dinner a couple of months ago and she said in her usually brilliant way, “God is teaching me how to hold onto my dream without having any casualties in my relationships along the way.”
Doesn’t that sound like the God we know.
The one who wants us to have our dreams.
The one who loves people.
The one who wants us to learn how to do both.
Have our dreams and love people.
In the waiting, we’re learning how to do just that.
Maybe it goes without saying, but waiting is hard.
Waiting is really really hard.
God’s kingdom is like ten young virgins who took oil lamps and went out to greet the bridegroom. Five were silly and five were smart. The silly virgins took lamps, but no extra oil. The smart virgins took jars of oil to feed their lamps. The bridegroom didn’t show up when they expected him, and they all fell asleep.
In the middle of the night someone yelled out, ‘He’s here! The bride-groom’s here! Go out and greet him!’
The ten virgins got up and got their lamps ready. The silly virgins said to the smart ones, ‘Our lamps are going out; lend us some of your oil.’
They answered, ‘There might not be enough to go around; go buy your own.’
They did, but while they were out buying oil, the bridegroom arrived. When everyone who was there to greet him had gone into the wedding feast, the door was locked.
Much later, the other virgins, the silly ones, showed up and knocked on the door, saying, ‘Master, we’re here. Let us in.’
He answered, ‘Do I know you? I don’t think I know you.’
So stay alert. You have no idea when he might arrive.
We read this verse a lot when we talk about Jesus coming back, but I believe there’s a kingdom principle embedded in this story.
Those who have been wise to hold on to their oil, to not give away their hope and their faith in who God is, get to enter into the party with Jesus.
Because when the time comes, they have hope that gives them light to see and discern the opportunities God brings our way.
These are the ones that held onto believing the promises of God, even when it felt like you were just holding on by a thread.
It still counts.
Remember Jesus said, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed.
And a thread is bigger than a mustard seed.
So hold on to your promises, even if they feel a little tattered and torn at the moment. God is good and he always comes through for us, the ones he loves.
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